Wooden Steamer Sunk In Lake Huron Has Been Found

Posted at 8:51 PM, Dec 03, 2012
and last updated 2013-02-20 12:49:05-05

DETROIT – A steamer lost for more than 100 years has been found. The 283 foot steamer New York, built-in 1879, was discovered in Lake Huron.

According to a release by the Undersea Research Associates (URA) who claim to have made the discovery after an extensive search effort that spanned many years.

The New York departed Detroit headed north on Lake Huron when she was caught in a violent gale in October 1910.  The vessel lost power and fell sideways where the waves pummeled the ship overtaking her, according to the URA.

The captain of the Mataafa saw the New York sinking and turned his boat around. The extreme weather nearly caused his ship to capsize as a load of iron ore shifted.

Mataafa returned to the New York to save the entire crew complement of 14 from lifeboats.

The New York’s loss became a mystery unsolved for 100 years.

After an extensive search effort, the URA dive team descended to explore and confirm the identity of the long missing New York. Extensive underwater video was taken and a documentary is in production.

A short video of the discovery can be seen at: